Old 04-20-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I'm glad to finally release the first version of this new V4 theme I've been working on for month.
I'm proud of it, so I hope it'll be useful to some of you.

Here's the download page (updated 08-30-2011) :

GrayMatter theme pack
* theme file : GrayMatter_beta3 & GrayMatter_Dark_beta3
* instructions : english / français
* replacement font (for XP or Mac)
* Basic toolbar
* Alternate theme files : solo, mute, red recarm buttons (see readme.txt)

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GRAY MATTER


GRAY MATTER DARK


ICONS :
I've prepared a lot but some obvious ones are still missing so there will be updates.
I'd be glad to take requests/ideas for more icons !




LAYOUTS :
There's a lot of them too so be sure to try them all to find what you like :
* global options in Mixer : 1) pan on top - 2) pan knobs/faders
* meter width in Mixer : default/large
* panel width in Mixer : sidebar/default/small/smaller
(the small and smaller extend their controls in big vertical mixers).
* colored faders in Mixer : black, blue, green, red.
* Vertical meters in tcp.
* separators (Mixer & tcp) : be sure to create a custom action to set both tcp and mcp as separators simultaneously.
* lock (Mixer & tcp) : to lock volume and pan only (other controls available).

[IMG]http://img137.**************/img137/9721/mixerh.png[/IMG]


TRANSPORT :
Normal or small sized, the transport can fit in a neat little box (floating or docked).
[IMG]http://img863.**************/img863/9292/transport01.png[/IMG][IMG]http://img863.**************/img863/9869/transport02.png[/IMG]

Appearance settings :

[IMG]http://img850.**************/img850/9403/prefs.th.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://img19.**************/img19/2024/prefs2.th.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://img17.**************/img17/7273/prefappearance3.th.png[/IMG]


Problems may arise due to the the font I selected for the Vol/Pan label category : Calibri" (8) on Windows Seven (alternate font provided in the pack).
If you don't have it, it still looks ok with these classic ones :
* Comic Sans MS (7)
* Arial (8)
* Arial Black (7)

Update :
06-19-2011 : beta 3 (Mixer options : Pan Faders - Pan on Top, TCP color strip layouts, new mute/solo buttons)
05-24-2011 : beta 2 (MCP small meter, TCP record input + input fx revealed only when rec armed, TCP width control only for stereo pan and dual pan modes)
05-20-2011 : beta 1 (TCP vertical meters, transport centered layouts, more icons)
04-25-2011 : alpha 2 (pan faders for TCP, separator as folder shows mute/solo controls, more toolbar icons...)
04-24-2011 : the theme pack contains a replacement font for XP or Mac (thanks to Hopi !).
All comments and suggestions are welcome !
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:02 PM   #2
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reminded me of the song.... Grey Matter, Grey Matter Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh! Looks great. Nice work
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:03 PM   #3
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Great job! It looks very clean. It's easy on the eyes.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:04 PM   #4
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what exactly IS the font... ?
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:05 PM   #5
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Very nice Bernstraw.
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:24 PM   #6
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what exactly IS the font... ?
It's "Calibri" (8) on Windows Seven used for the Vol/Pan label font category.
I've just tested with other fonts, and it looks ok with these classic ones :
* Comic Sans MS (7)
* Arial (8)
* Arial Black (7)
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:41 PM   #7
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It's "Calibri" (8) on Windows Seven used for the Vol/Pan label font category.
I've just tested with other fonts, and it looks ok with these classic ones :
* Comic Sans MS (7)
* Arial (8)
* Arial Black (7)
I suppose that is all good enough then... but wonder why not just package the font file with the theme? It's just a ttf font right?

If you need a mac version I can likely do a conversion of it
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:44 PM   #8
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Very beautiful. Probably the best R4 theme so far imho.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:08 PM   #9
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If I could change one thing - I would ask that the track metering stand out similar (if not more) to the effect you have in the master channel.

I changed the metering colors in preferences, but they show lighter than I want.
I want the meters to jump out.

- maybe a layout choice?
I'm afraid there can be only one vu file alowed by Walter, so an alternate meter layout isn't possible.
The meters are semi-transparent to be able to remain interlaced while still having 4 solid colors (gray -18 white -6 orange 0 red).
So when you edit the colors in the theme editor, you don't change much, you have to edit the mcp_vu.png file.
Btw, take anything, change what you want and upload, I have no pb with that of course.

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I suppose that is all good enough then... but wonder why not just package the font file with the theme? It's just a ttf font right?

If you need a mac version I can likely do a conversion of it
Thanks, I just didn't think of this possibility
Do you think it's ok to upload a font in the stash ?
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:39 PM   #10
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Love this theme! Like others, this is easy on the eyes. And the toolbar icons are
clean / readable!!!


If I could change one thing - I would ask that the track metering stand out similar
(if not more) to the effect you have in the master channel.

I changed the metering colors in preferences, but they show lighter than I want.
I want the meters to jump out.

- maybe a layout choice?

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Old 04-20-2011, 03:19 PM   #11
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Nice theme, very rational. Thank you!
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:25 PM   #12
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Very interesting theme, thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:00 AM   #13
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Thank you very much for your hard and great work
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:34 AM   #14
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Default compacting folders

I really like this theme, thanks. When compacting folders in the tcp I often like to take them down to the single line style (a choice in most themes). Is this possible or is there something I'm missing in the way I have mine set up?

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Old 06-21-2011, 12:09 PM   #15
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Hey,
If it is new, I think this preference should be checked by default, so everything is working as before.

Bernstraw, how do You assigne text label colors for separators layout. In tcp they are black and in mcp they are white. I would like to change them for one the same color, because now if one is well visble on tint backgroud the second one is not.
I did a fresh beta10 install and "show meters in tcp" is selected by default.
Maybe it becomes unselected when loading a config saved before this option was added ?

About the separators : it could be a pb indeed.
In the rtconfig.txt file, search for :
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set mcp.label.color
Simply delete this line and save the file, the mcp separator text will be dark like in tcp (or change the rgb color values).
In the tcp the color is the same for all layouts and can be set in the Theme Editor.
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Great work by the way this theme is really maturing nicely....
It's really thanks to the user comments !
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When compacting folders in the tcp I often like to take them down to the single line style (a choice in most themes).
Ah yes I set it to 0 but maybe that's not such a good idea to have this by default...
You can change this yourself if you want :
Go to Options -> Show REAPER resource path... and open the "ColorThemes" folder.
Rename "GrayMatter_beta3.ReaperThemeZip" as "GrayMatter_beta3.zip" and extract it.
In the folder that will be extracted open the rtconfig.txt file and search for this line :
Code:
tcp_heights 0 24 47 62
change it to :
Code:
tcp_heights 1 24 47 62
(or 2, or 3 like in the default theme).
Save the file and, back to reaper, select the theme "GrayMatter_b3_unpacked".
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:36 AM   #16
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When compacting folders in the tcp I often like to take them down to the single line style
Actually that gave me an idea :



Having compact folded tracks as meters (perhaps should be 2 pixels per track instead of 4).
I don't know if it's a good idea or not (since it would probably use more cpu), but I could add this as a global option for tcp layouts .
Tell me what you think.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:51 AM   #17
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Actually that gave me an idea :



Having compact folded tracks as meters (perhaps should be 2 pixels per track instead of 4).
I don't know if it's a good idea or not (since it would probably use more cpu), but I could add this as a global option for tcp layouts .
Tell me what you think.
Hi, Fantastic idea. It might be usfull.
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About the separators : it could be a pb indeed.
In the rtconfig.txt file, search for :
set mcp.label.color

Simply delete this line and save the file, the mcp separator text will be dark like in tcp (or change the rgb color values).
In the tcp the color is the same for all layouts and can be set in the Theme Editor.
Thanks for information. It's helped me a lot.

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Perhaps try Segoe UI 9px (the frame height is 11 so only non-pair font sizes will be centered).
It did not helped. I did a little test and actually it depends on the font selected (not its size) if the number is centered or not.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:58 AM   #18
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Actually that gave me an idea :



Having compact folded tracks as meters (perhaps should be 2 pixels per track instead of 4).
I don't know if it's a good idea or not (since it would probably use more cpu), but I could add this as a global option for tcp layouts .
Tell me what you think.
This is extremely sexy. I'll definitely use this feature all the time. Is it possible to do for the MCP aswell?
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:04 AM   #19
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ok, this post is definitly the "too much" one:
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Actually that gave me an idea :



[snip]

Tell me what you think.
What do I think ?
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Actually that gave me an idea :



Having compact folded tracks as meters (perhaps should be 2 pixels per track instead of 4).
I don't know if it's a good idea or not (since it would probably use more cpu), but I could add this as a global option for tcp layouts .
Tell me what you think.
OMG! I didn't know that this was possible! Incredibly niiiice, and useful!!!
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:59 AM   #21
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ok, this post is definitly the "too much" one:

What do I think ?
er.. well.. in short: you rock (and, please pass the word to your friend Walter, too)
Ahaha, thanks ! Walter's great !
I've updated the theme with this new option.
Download : https://stash.reaper.fm/8461/GrayMatter_pack.zip

In the rtconfig.txt you can set this on or off.
Code:
;	METERS IN COMPACTED FOLDERS (on = [1] / off = [0])
	set foldermeter [1]
It's "on" by default for the moment so you can all test it right away.

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Is it possible to do for the MCP aswell?
Unfortunatly no, since the folded tacks in the Mixer cannot be seen at all.
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I did a little test and actually it depends on the font selected (not its size) if the number is centered or not.
Ah yes, fonts are a bit painful to deal with sometimes...
I tweaked the margins a bit and it should behave better, please try the last update.
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